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Rock Purslane

Calandrinia grandiflora

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Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) at Liberty Landscape Supply

Rock Purslane flowers

Rock Purslane flowers

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Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) at Liberty Landscape Supply

Rock Purslane

Rock Purslane

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  syn. Cistanthe grandiflora

Description:

Stunning purple-pink blooms rise out of blue-green rosettes of succulent foliage in summer; very impressive when massed along borders; very drought tolerant, great for dry, sunny areas

Ornamental Features

Rock Purslane features showy hot pink cup-shaped flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its succulent oval leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rock Purslane is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Rock Purslane is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Rock Purslane will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Rock Purslane is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features